The Death card does not mean death in the literal sense, but rather that change is coming. It refers to something that needs to end, or the transition from one state to another. My image refers to the Fates in Greek mythology. Life is represented by the thread, and the length of it (life) is measured and then cut (death). There are three Fates: Clotho the spinner of the thread, Lachesis who alotted how much thread each life would have, and Atropos, who cut the thread, causing death.